Thursday, June 30, 2011

Obama vs. Romney in Pennsylvania - CNN

Mitt Romney will travel to Pennsylvania Thursday on the same day as President Obama in a political move to hit the president over his handling of the economy and a clear symbolic step as the frontrunner in the GOP presidential field.

The Democratic National Committee hit back at Romney for his "failed leadership" while governor of Massachusetts.

"As a candidate, Romney has double downed on the failed economic policies that brought us to the brink of a second Great Depression," a release from the DNC said.

In a DNC conference call with reporters Thursday, former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania said the Romney event was a "cheap shot" and that the plant's closing was unrelated to the president's policies.

From: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/30/obama-vs-romney-in-pennsylvania/?hpt=po_bn1

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pres. Barack Obama pushes GOP on Debt Ceiling

resident Barack Obama called on lawmakers Wednesday to overcome the "selfish" norms of politics and "do their job" in order to strike a deal on raising the federal government's current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by the start of August.

The president blasted congressional Republicans for refusing to consider raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans as part of any deal. Congress needs to be willing to "take on their sacred cows and do tough things" while moving away from "maximalist positions," he said.

He said Congress should cancel upcoming summer vacations if a deal isn't struck by the end of the week.

"I want everybody to understand that this is a jobs issue. This is not an abstraction," he said. "If the United States government, for the first time, cannot pay its bills -- if it defaults -- then the consequences for the U.S. economy will be significant and unpredictable. And that is not a good thing."

Monday, June 27, 2011

Barack Obama + Joe Biden Dinner Contest

I just got an unexpected update about the "Dinner with Barack" contest that I think you'll want to hear. The President wanted to tell you the news himself, so he recorded a short video.

I can't tell you anything more than that—but let's just say if you haven't yet thrown your name in the hat for this thing, I have a feeling this announcement might change that.

Watch the President's video, and then donate $5 or more to be automatically entered for the chance to have dinner with him.

No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 6/30. Approx. retail value of prize: $1,075. Odds of winning depend on # of entries received. Promotion subject to Official Rules and additional restrictions on eligibility. Sponsor: Obama for America, 130 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601.

Bachmann in for 2012 Election

We saw this coming. Michele Bachmann, along with his tea party fellas, is the icon of ignorance, and to represent all the ignorant Americans, she's running for President of the United States. Today, Bachmann formally announced her candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination Monday during an appearance in Waterloo, Iowa.

While making a direct appeal to the Tea Party's deficit hardliners, Bachmann also made a pitch to religious conservatives, praising the country's past military victories in part by citing a line from the Bible: "Greater love hath no man than this, but that he lay down his life for his friend."

Barack Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt dismissed Bachmann's claim she could lead a new economic recovery, arguing that "her policies would erode the path to prosperity for middle class families."

Bachmann, who backs deep spending cuts to balance the federal budget, became defensive when asked Sunday about a Los Angeles Times report on federal money that benefited her family -- including nearly $30,000 for a counseling clinic operated by her husband and almost $260,000 for a family farm.

The money didn't directly benefit her family, she explained, saying the $30,000 was for training employees, and the farm that got the $260,000 was owned by her father-in-law, so she and her husband didn't get any of it.

Asked about another hot-button issue -- same-sex marriage -- Bachmann said she supported both the right of states to pass laws on the matter and the superseding authority of a federal constitutional amendment on the issue.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

President Obama on Strengthening America by Investing at Home

Weekly Address: Strengthening America by Investing at Home
Speaking to the American people from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, President Obama discussed the vital role advanced manufacturing will have in strengthening our economy and creating good, middle-class jobs. The President believes that realizing our nation’s potential requires more than simply cutting spending; we have to foster development at home, so that the United States will continue to grow and attract the world’s best talent, ideas and job-creating technologies. This week, the President announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, which will link the federal government with our nation’s finest minds to insure that our best ideas quickly become our best technologies. By providing American innovators with the resources they need to make their ideas a reality, our nation’s strong legacy of manufacturing, development and middle-class opportunity will continue to grow.


Giving our kids the best education in the world so they have the knowledge and skills to succeed in this economy. It means rebuilding our crumbling roads, railways, and runways. And it means investing in the cutting-edge research and technologies that will spur growth in the years ahead – from clean energy to advanced manufacturing.

That’s why I’m here today at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, one of America’s leading research universities. Behind me is a display from a company called RedZone Robotics. The robots they make are used to explore water and sewage pipes, and find leaks and breaks before they become expensive problems. But the folks at RedZone aren’t just solving problems; they’re working with unions to create new jobs operating the robots, and they’re saving cities millions of dollars in infrastructure costs.

This company is just one example of how advanced manufacturing can help spur job-creation and economic growth across this country. That’s why this week, we launched what we’re calling an Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. It’s a partnership that brings our federal government together with some of America’s most brilliant minds and some of America’s most innovative companies and manufacturers.

From: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/25/weekly-address-strengthening-america-investing-home

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Obama Store: Barack Obama 2012 T-Shirt

We just launched our full 2012 campaign online store, where you can pick up new shirts, stickers, signs, mugs, water bottles, and all sorts of other gear.

Those '08 bumper stickers and t-shirts are a source of pride, but getting your 2012 stuff now can show your determination to see through all the work we've started together.

Donate $30 or more today and get your 2012 T-shirt:

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Get a 2012 T-shirt today.

There's a lot to do in the coming months to build this campaign, and the President's counting on us to be the ones to get that work started.

How about a new 2012 shirt to wear while you're out there at phone banks, knocking on doors, or just going about your day?

Donate $30 or more today to get your T-shirt:

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Huntsman To Challenge Obama in 2012 Election

Republican race for 2012 is heating up. Yesterday, former Obama ambassador to china, Jon Huntsman got in the race. During the announcement he said, "I'm Jon Huntsman, and I'm running for the president on the United States because it's all about tomorrow's story." That's every true for Huntsman because his yesterday's story is "I worked for President Barack Obama." In fact, Huntsman called President Obama a "remarkable leader" in a letter he wrote to the president in 2009.
In an interview after his presidential announcement Tuesday, former Utah governor and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman tried to downplay a letter he wrote to President Barack Obama in August 2009 calling him a "remarkable leader."

Huntsman told Fox News that he was only alluding to the fact that the president would appoint a Republican to "a position as important and sensitive as the U.S. ambassadorship to China."

From: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/21/huntsman-tries-to-explain-calling-obama-remarkable/?hpt=po_bn1

Monday, June 20, 2011

Barack Obama Impersonator at Republican Leadership Conference

Seen on C-SPAN: Barack Obama impersonator Reggie Brown performed during the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. See the complete event here: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/DayThr. Watch the video below:

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Axelrod on Obama's 2012 Campaign and Republican Field

David Axelrod was on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, where he discussed President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and potential Republican presidential candidates that Obama might face in the general election. Here are some highlights:

On Jon Huntsman seeking Republican nomination:
It was a little surprising to me because when we were in Shanghai we got a chance to talk. And he was very effusive, this was in the fall of 2009, about what the president was doing. He was encouraging on health care, he was encouraging on a whole range of issues. He was a little quizzical about what he was going on in his own party. And you got the strong sense that he was going to wait until 2016 for the storm to blow over.And obviously circumstances change. So I was surprised when he emerged as a candidate. But certainly I take him seriously.

Grading the current Republican field:
I'll leave it to the pundits to grade that. I kind of agree with the conventional wisdom. I think Congresswoman Bachmann, who was relatively unknown, probably did herself some good there. I thought Governor Romney for what he did, did fine.But we were through 28 or something of these things in our Democratic race. So I know this is very early, and I think it's the later debates that become more revealing. And of course we've got some candidates who weren't there who are about to join the race. So that will add to the fight.

Consistently attacking Pres. Obama, but offering little solutions:
... ultimately people are going to ask for answers. And they're going to ask hard questions. If you're Governor Romney and you say I'm going to turn this economy around, I've got the answers. You don't offer them. Then people have a right to say why is it that your state was 47th in the country in job creation when you were governor? If you're Governor Pawlenty and you say we've got to clean up the fiscal mess, people have a right to ask why did you leave your state with a $6.2 billion deficit?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Romney's USA Unemployment & Economic Joke



Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has more in common with the average voter than it may seem, or so he said during a campaign stop in Tampa, Florida Thursday.

After listening to a group of unemployed Floridians discuss the challenges they face in the job market, the presidential hopeful -and multi-millionaire– cheekily divulged, "I am also unemployed."

Romney's remarks were greeted with laughter from the crowd, and prompted one man to ask the former governor and businessman if he is on the online networking site 'LinkedIn.'

"Yes actually and I'm networking," Romney answered. "I have my sights on a particular job that I'm working for."

But not everyone appreciated Romney's humor.

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the remarks "inappropriate and insensitive to the millions of Americans looking for work," in a statement.

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley also issued a statement calling Romney's comments "completely unacceptable."

"I am not sure that I can think of anything more out of touch with Granite Staters than 'chuckling' at unemployment as Mitt Romney did today in Florida," Buckley said.

At a later campaign stop in Smyrna, Georgia, however, Romney insisted his humor was aimed only at himself.

"I'll always make light of myself, and self deprecating humor is part of who I am," Romney told reporters.

"I had the privilege of being with a lot of unemployed people today and talking about their concerns. That's why I was there. So I'm in touch. Our president simply doesn't understand that his policies are causing a level of unemployment that is really unparalleled in modern history," he added.

The Republican National Party will nominate their presidential candidate in Tampa next summer.

From: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/16/romney-tells-actual-unemployed-people-he-is-also-unemployed/?hpt=po_bn1

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Join President Barack Obama for Dinner



President Obama is asking four supporters to sit down to dinner with him—and one of them could be you. Consider this your invitation from the President:
I've set aside time for four supporters like you to join me for dinner.
Most campaigns fill their dinner guest lists primarily with Washington lobbyists and special interests.

We didn't get here doing that, and we're not going to start now. We're running a different kind of campaign. We don't take money from Washington lobbyists or special-interest PACs—we never have, and we never will.

We rely on everyday Americans giving whatever they can afford -- and I want to spend time with a few of you.

So if you make a donation today, you'll be automatically entered for a chance to be one of the four supporters to sit down with me for dinner. Please donate $5 or more today.
We'll pay for your flight and the dinner -- all you need to bring is your story and your ideas about how we can continue to make this a better country for all Americans.

This won't be a formal affair. It's the kind of casual meal among friends that I don't get to have as often as I'd like anymore, so I hope you'll consider joining me.

But I'm not asking you to donate today just so you'll be entered for a chance to meet me. I'm asking you to say you believe in the kind of politics that gives people like you a seat at the table—whether it's the dinner table with me or the table where decisions are made about what kind of country we want to be.

It starts with a gift of whatever you can afford.

Please make a donation of $5 today, and we'll throw your name in the hat for the upcoming dinner.

I've said before that I want people like you to shape this campaign from the very beginning—and this is a chance for four people to share their ideas directly with me.

Hope to see you soon,
Barack
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Thoughts on Republican Debate

Some of your thoughts on Monday night Republican debate:
Mittchiel:
I won't be watching the Republican Presidential Debate tonight. I don't really trust any of them. I especially those who are associated with, and supported by the Tea Party Movement (a racist movement). And I personally consider the Tea Party to be a racist group that opppose to all of the gains that were made through the Civil Right movement. And ther are many other African Americans who feel the same way that I do. We don't trust the Tea Party in any way, shape of form. They remind me of the indivduals and groups like the White Citizens Council, and KKK that Terrorized and killed many African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement.
Devin:
President Obama and his 2012 campaign need to remain quiet and let the republicans spin their fantastical claims. We need to keep track of what they say and use it against them when the time is right next year. They're counting on racist backlash to unseat President Obama, so they'll keep trying to frame him as "different". Let them...that will backfire on them too.

As for this field of republicans, Ron Paul is the best of the group and he could probably pull some independent voters away from President Obama. However, he doesn't pass muster with the evangelical-dominated gop. Its interesting that Romney is the frontrunner (again). The evangelicals won't support him. The gop cares about four things: god, guns, gays, abortion. Gingrich is having trouble letting go of the ghost, but he's done. I predict the eventual gop nominee will be somebody who hasn't yet thrown his/her hat in the ring.

Republican Debate: Who sucked the most?

Stephen Colbert destroys Tim Pawlenty, and rightly so!
Well they all suck! They all want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and give more to people with the most. Mitt Romney, should the Republican field stay the way it is, will be the nominee, and challenge President Barack Obama in 2012 election cycle. Last time on a poll, he was in the first place at 24%, and the Sarah Palin, who's not even in the race, at 16%. In third place, we have Herman Cain at 9%. Tim Pawlenty is not even among the top 5 candidates!

At the debate on Monday, John King gave everybody candidate to hit Romney, but none of them did. Worst person was Tim Pawlenty, who said on Sunday that President Obama looked into Massachusetts' heathcare plan, which has been was proposed by Mitt Romney. He combined the two and called it "Obamneycare." Sounds tough right, but not at the debate on Monday. When Pawlenty was given the opportunity to hit Romney hard on that issue, he cowardly backed off! He looked pathetic, specially who wrote a book, and promised to run a campaign on courage. He's such a looser!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden Launch the Campaign to Cut Waste

In a video message, President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden launched the Campaign to Cut Waste today, which will hunt down and eliminate misspent tax dollars in every agency and department across the federal government. “Targeting waste and making government more efficient have been a priority for my administration since day one. But as we work to tackle the budget deficit, we need to step up our game,” said President Obama in the video, “No amount of waste is acceptable – not when it’s your money; not at a time when so many families are already cutting back.” Watch the video below:


Just as families are living within their means,government should, too, so we could invest in the things that we know will create good jobs and grow the economy. Things like education and technology. Besides, after a while all these cuts add up.Already we've identified about $33 billion in savings just for this year. And we're not finished; not by a long shot. - Pres. Barack Obama
The American people are entitled to transparency. By that I mean they're entitled to be able to figure out where their dollars are going and they're entitled to accountability to make sure that we're using the dollars for what we said it was for. That's our job. And we take that job very seriously. Look, a lot of this depends on new, sophisticated methods, but it also, it also, we know, depends on relentless focus on making this a priority. A focus that can't be delegated. We're holding ourselves accountable and we're deeply committed and focused on making government function better. We're not just eliminating fraud and waste. We hope to be instilling an entire new culture with not only our Administration, but every succeeding administration will in fact pursue. We're going to give you the government you expect and deserve. - Vice Pres. Biden

Monday, June 13, 2011

Your Thoughts on Republican Presidential Debate in New Hampshire

Tonight, second Republican Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN, will be held in New Hampshire. Expect to see a war-of-words between Romney and Pawlenty over heath care, as Pawlenty slammed Romney for being to first architect of the ObamaCare last week. Meanwhile Pawlenty is also trying to overcome the perception that he lacks the edge needed to be a strong leader.

The candidates tonight include frontrunners Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty; libertarian Ron Paul; and four implausible nominees who are more-or-less competing with each other for the same niche: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich. - Washinton Post

All eyes will be on Newt Gingrich since he's a candidate without a campaign, seriously. All of this senior campaign staffers resigned last week! It's time to see if he has what is takes to put a political campaign back together. Gingrich promised a Reagan-like presidency from him, and that his administration will bring the unemployment rate back 4%, but Gingrich clearly lacks the attitude and skills need to run a political campaign!

After watching the debate, share your thoughts below:

Romney Attacks Obama With a Stupid Video

The Romney campaign launches a web video hours before the New Hampshire Republican debates. It's titled "Bumps in the Road," that basically rips what President Obama said on economy.

The video "highlights President Obama's failure to create jobs for millions of unemployed Americans and shows that the unemployed are not just economic statistics, but are real Americans looking to support themselves and their families," says Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades, in an email to supporters. But the video says that Pres Obama painted Americans as bumps in the road, in fact, what Obama really said was "Bumps 'ON' the road to [economic] recovery". That's not saying "Americans are bumps on the road", nor even "bumps IN the road".

Romney is at the top of the most recent polls of the battle for the Republican nomination, including a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey out Monday at Because of his perceived front-runner status, expect Romney to direct his firepower more at Obama rather than any of the six other rivals on the debate stage.

Besides taking President Obama's speech out of context, this video is really really boring, just the Mitt Romney himself. You can watch the video below:



photo courtesy of http://bongkengart.blogspot.com/2011/05/mitt-romney_10.html

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pawlenty Slams Obama and Romney over Heathcare

"President Obama said that he designed 'Obamacare' after 'Romneycare' and basically made it 'Obamneycare," Pawlenty said on "Fox News Sunday." So let the battle begin. Tomorrow is the second Republican Presidential Debate, and both Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney will be there. So, expect to see a battle between these two over the issue of heath care.

"The president's own words is that he patterned in large measure 'Obamacare' after what happened in Massachusetts," Pawlenty said. "What I don't understand is they both continue to defend it."

The biggest similarity in the Obama and Romney plans are the individual mandates, something that Pawlenty has oppose since his time in governor's office.

"I think it's a dramatic overreach by government forcing the consumer to buy a good or service because of a government edict or mandate," Pawlenty said. "I was asked to consider the individual mandate when I was governor on several occasions and I rejected it every time."

Some see this as a move by the Pawlenty campaign to cut into Romney's early lead in nation polls, especially ones in New Hampshire.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Obama Administration Partners with Private Sector to Spur Hiring

In his weekly address, President Obama spoke to the American people about how the government is partnering with the private sector to make sure workers have the skills and training they need in this economy. This past Wednesday, he announced commitments by the private sector, colleges, and the National Association of Manufacturers that will make it possible for half a million community college students to get a manufacturing credential that has the industry’s stamp of approval. And on Monday, he will travel to North Carolina to meet with his Jobs Council to work on the steps the government can take to spur private sector hiring in the short-term and ensure our workers have the skills and training they need.


On Wednesday, I announced commitments by the private sector, colleges, and the National Association of Manufacturers that will make it possible for 500,000 community college students to get a manufacturing credential that has the industry’s stamp of approval. If you’re a company that’s hiring, you’ll know that anyone who has this degree has the skills you’re looking for. If you’re a student considering community college, you’ll know that your diploma will give you a leg up in the job market.

On Monday, I’ll travel to North Carolina, where I’ll meet with my Jobs Council and talk about additional steps we can take to spur private sector hiring in the short-term and ensure our workers have the skills and training they need in this economy.

There are also a few other things we know will help grow our economy, and give people good jobs that support a middle-class lifestyle. We know that a quality education is a prerequisite for success, so we’re challenging states and school districts to improve teaching and learning, and making it a national goal to once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Latest on 2012 Presidential Election


  • Gingrich said his campaign starts "anew" this Sunday. "As someone who has been in public life for nearly forty years, I know full well the rigors of campaigning for public office. I will endure them. I will carry the message of American renewal to every part of this great land, whatever it takes," Gingrich said in a message emailed to supporters and posted on his Facebook page Friday. 

  • CNN hosts the second Republican debate this Monday in New Hampshire, and Newt Gingrich will take part. Also participating in debates is Michelle Buchanan, although she hansn't officially declared her candidacy for 2012 election.

  • Mitt Romney is polling well nationally, even against President Obama in a potential presidential showdown in 2012, but he has some issues against social conservatives. They believe he's someone who has flip-flopped too much on key issues. It's worth noting that majority of the people still believe that Pres. Bush is responsible for much of the economic disaster that the US enduring currently. On the other hand, after year and half of stimulus spending, unemployment is still around 9%, which is definitely bad news for Barack Obama - who'll have to weather a tough Republican storm come 2012 election.

  • President Obama will be in the key state of Florida on Monday and Tuesday, campaigning for re-election, as well as selling his economic policies.

  • For Republicans, Thursday thru Saturday, Southern Republican Leadership Conference will be held in Orleans. Newt Gingrich has said he'll be there.
  • Saturday, House Speaker John Boehner will be playing golf with President Barack Obama. This comes in the midst of their battle raise the debt ceiling.

Barack Obama on American Manufacturing Workforce

Today, President Obama visited Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia where he discussed the importance of training and preparing our workforce to compete for manufacturing jobs of the future.

In his remarks today, President Obama stressed the importance of matching the skills manufacturers need with curriculums at local community colleges, stating that the “goal isn’t just making sure that somebody has got a certificate or a diploma.  The goal is to make sure your degree helps you to get a promotion or a raise or a job.”

The President also discussed the importance in investing in education, technology, and research in order to build a stronger economy in the long term:
Let me just make this point. If we don’t decide to do this -- it’s possible that we could choose not to do the things that I just talked about. We could choose not to make investments in clean energy or let tuition prices rise and force more Americans to give up on the American Dream. We could choose to walk away from our community college system. We could say to ourselves, you know what, given foreign competition and low wages overseas, manufacturing is out the door and there’s not much we can do about it. We could decide, in solving our fiscal problems, that we can’t afford to make any of these investments, and those of us who’ve done very well don’t have to pay any more taxes in order to fund these investments.
President Barack Obama looks under the hood of a hybrid car
President Barack Obama looks under the hood of a hybrid car during a tour of the General Auto Lab at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia.June 8, 2011. (by Chuck Kennedy)

From: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/08/building-partnerships-improve-manufacturing-workforce

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Gingrich vs Barack Obama 2012 Show Ending, Already

"I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring. The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles." That's what Gingrich wrote on his facebook page alluding to the fact that all his staff retired today!

The top staff of Newt Gingrich's nascent presidential campaign abandoned their candidate Thursday, in a group resignation that followed a series of disagreements over the former House speaker's commitment to the GOP race.

His effort has been troubled from the outset, when he came under fire for criticizing the House GOP's proposal to replace Medicare with a voucher plan and for news that he had a credit line of as much as $500,000 at Tiffany & Co., the posh jewelry store. In recent weeks, as competitors scoured the early voting states, Gingrich took off for a two-week cruise in Greece.

"I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring," Gingrich wrote. "The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles." Gingrich will be in California for a Jewish Republican gala where he will speak on the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy.

From: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-gingrich-20110610,0,7916146.story

Obama's approval rating drops as Americans worry about economy

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's overall approval rating has dropped below 50 percent as a growing number of Americans worry that the U.S. is likely to slip into another Great Depression within the next 12 months, according to a new national poll.

Forty-eight percent of people questioned say they approve of how Barack Obama is handling his duties in the White House, down six points from late May. An equal 48 percent say they disapprove of how Obama's performing, up three points from late last month.

Read the full results (pdf).

According to the survey Obama's strength remains his personal appeal: Three-quarters of all Americans say they approve of him personally, including a plurality of Republicans. But positive views of the president's personality may be trumped by economic jitters.

"The poll reminded respondents that during the Depression in the 1930s, roughly one in four workers were unemployed, banks failed, and millions of Americans were homeless or unable to feed their families," says Holland. "And even with that reminder, nearly half said that another depression was likely in the next 12 months. That's not just economic pessimism - that's economic fatalism."

From: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/08/cnn-poll-obama-approval-rating-drops-as-fears-of-depression-rise/

Monday, June 6, 2011

Rick Santorum to Challenge Obama in 2012!

Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania, declared his candidacy for President against Barack Obama in 2012. In 2006, Santorum was defeated by Bob Casey by a landslide, but shameless Santorum has the guts the challenge Obama!

Santorum made his comments Monday morning, at a campaign event in Somerset County in the western part of his home state, near where his grandfather worked in a coal mine after coming to America from Italy. Santorum said his grandfather came to Somerset County to escape fascist Italy, to "give his children, my dad, who seven years old when he came in 1930, the opportunity for freedom, to live your dreams, because he knew American believed in him, believed in people, gave people a shot, if they worked hard, they could succeed."

The announcement kicks off a four-day campaign swing that will take Santorum to Iowa, the state which holds the first contest in the presidential primary and caucus calendar, and New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the race for the White House. And his appearance on "Good Morning America" is the first of nearly 20 interviews on television and radio, including appearances on Rush Limbaugh's and Glenn Beck's radio programs. The former Fox News contributor will also appear twice on that network during his campaign rollout.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Barack Obama Needs More Jobs To Keep His Job - HuffPost

Huffinton Post has an interesting article discussing 2012 election, the republican candidates, and how American Economy going to decide whether President Barack Obama deserves another term.

"This economy took a big hit," Barack Obama said Friday in Ohio, a pivotal 2012 state. "You know, it's just like if you had a bad illness, if you got hit by a truck, it's going to take a while for you to mend. And that's what's happened to our economy. It's taking a while to mend."

Is progress enough to convince people that Obama deserves a second term in 2012?

If so, Barack Obama can't afford many setbacks like the new jobs report. Employers in May added just 54,000 jobs, the fewest in eight months. Almost 14 million people are jobless. Analysts suggested the economy could improve this year, but the recovery could be weak for months.

"There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery," Barack Obama said.

The election won't be just a referendum on Obama and the unemployment rate. It also will offer a choice between his economic ideas and his opponent's. Still, just as change worked for him last time, it can be used against Barack Obama in 2012.

Even 8 percent unemployment, a goal once promoted by the administration, is hard to see now.

A finally forming field of Republican presidential competitors is maneuvering into the space for the public's attention with this message: Barack Obama has failed.

2012 Election Day 2012 is 17 months away, and Barack Obama's campaign knows incremental job growth won't do. The unemployment rate is 9.1 percent. If it stays anywhere near there, Barack Obama will face re-election with a higher jobless rate than any other post-war president.

from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/04/barack-obama-jobs_n_871375.html

Growing Manufacturing with the Auto Industry Turnaround

Speaking to the American people from a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio, President Obama commended the work of America’s dedicated autoworkers, who have helped reinvigorate the domestic auto industry. Each of The Big Three automakers is now turning a profit, and the domestic auto industry continues to add shifts and create new jobs across the country. When President Obama decided to lend a hand to the American automotive industry shortly after taking office, it was with the understanding that these great manufacturers would have to restructure, modernize and position themselves to thrive in a competitive global marketplace. Now, just a few years after the American auto industry teetered on the brink of collapse, America’s great manufacturers of yesterday have emerged as some of the great manufacturers of today.


Most importantly, all three American automakers are now adding shifts and creating jobs at the strongest rate since the 1990s. Chrysler has added a second shift at the Jefferson North plant in Detroit that I visited last year. GM is adding a third shift at its Hamtramck plant for the first time ever. And GM plans to hire back all of the workers they had to lay off during the recession.

That’s remarkable when you think about where we were just a couple of years ago. When I took office, we were facing the worst recession since the Great Depression – a recession that hit our auto industry particularly hard. In the year before I was President, this industry lost more than 400,000 jobs, and two great American companies, Chrysler and GM, stood on the brink of collapse.

Now, we had a few options. We could have done what a lot of folks in Washington thought we should do – nothing. But that would have made a bad recession worse and put a million people out of work. I refused to let that happen. So, I said, if GM and Chrysler were willing to take the difficult steps of restructuring and making themselves more competitive, the American people would stand by them – and we did.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Obama Administration on The Employment Situation in May

Private Payroll Employment Chart, June, 2011
Posted by Austan Goolsbee on June 03, 2011

Today’s employment report shows that private sector payrolls increased by 83,000 in May and the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.1 percent. There are always bumps on the road to recovery, but the overall trajectory of the economy has improved dramatically over the past two years.

While the private sector has added more than 2.1 million jobs over the past 15 months, the unemployment rate is unacceptably high and faster growth is needed to replace the jobs lost in the downturn. The initiatives put in place by the Obama Administration – such as the payroll tax cut and business incentives for investment – have contributed to solid employment growth overall this year, but this report is a reminder of the challenges that remain. We are focused on promoting exports, reducing regulatory burdens and making the investments in education, research and development, and infrastructure that will grow our economy and create jobs. President Barack Obama will continue to work with Congress to responsibly reduce the deficit and live within our means.

Overall payroll employment rose by 54,000 in May. Solid employment increases occurred in professional and business services (+44,000) and education and health services (+34,000). Sectors with employment declines included local government (-28,000), retail trade (-8,500), and manufacturing (-5,000). Despite the decline this month, manufacturing has added 238,000 jobs since the beginning of 2010, the best period of manufacturing job growth in over a decade.

The monthly employment and unemployment numbers are volatile and employment estimates are subject to substantial revision. Therefore, as the Obama Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.

Austan Goolsbee is Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers for President Obama

From: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/03/employment-situation-may

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Romney Launches 2012 Campaign Against Obama With a Load of Lies

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney sharply criticized President Barack Obama over the state of the economy, saying "Barack Obama has failed America." That's was the first of many lies. Fact is President Obama has created over 2.5 million jobs across America. Romney attacked Obama for expanding the role of the federal government, adding, "we are only inches away from ceasing to be a free market economy. I will cap federal spending at 20 percent or less of the GDP and finally, finally balance the budget." His comment about free market was completely incorrect. US is still the world's strongest free market. Nevertheless, we saw what happened in 2008. We don't to repeat 2008 in 2011. President Obama has repeatedly said when the free market doesn't operate the way it supposed to, the government has to step in and regulate it before burning out millions of taxpayer money.

"From my first day in office my number one job will be to see that America once again is number one in job creation," Romney said when he announced his candidacy. Now how can he do that when he said in he released in April that he only created few 100 jobs throughout his private-sector career! In the same video, he went on to say that, "some I succeeded, but sometimes I failed," sometimes he sucked. We can't afford a president in the White House who sucks sometimes. Also, let's not forget RomneyCare! He passed universal healthcare in Massachusetts, but now he practically opposed what he signed into law. Can't wait to see how that's going to play out in 2012 election campaign.

"Since Mitt Romney bowed out of the Republican Primary in 2008, he and his handlers have been meticulously planning today's announcement – banking on a 2012 New Hampshire primary victory to slingshot him to the nomination," says Ray Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic party. "However, the problem for Mitt Romney is that the reason Granite Staters rejected him three years ago remains the same today: they believe he is a wishy-washy, flip-flopping politician who will say anything or take any position to suit his own immediate political needs."

National Democrats are also characterizing Romney as a "flip-flopper." The Democratic National Committee is out Thursday with a web video titled "Romney: Same candidate, different positions."

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